Getting To Know... Salsola

Following on from the launch of their sophomore single 'Cass', which lead to airplay from BBC introducing, Total Rock, and Get in Her Ears, as well as a sell-out headline show in their hometown of Stockton, alt-rockers Salsola now return to deliver their next stunning offering 'Deconstruction'.

Taking influence from the likes of Wolf Alice and PJ Harvey, the outfit deliver a bold and soaring new release that showcases the energy and power they have produced so far in their emerging careers. The track retains the band's signature layers of fuzzy guitar and feedback, while inspired by George Orwells '1984' and Aldous Huxley's 'Brave New Word' in describing a dystopian future that seems closer than ever.

So with their name quickly on the rise right now, we sat down with them to find out more about their pursuits so far and what brought them into the world of music.


What was the first instrument you fell in love with?

I was always drawn to the guitar ever since I started listening to music. Probably because it looks the coolest and I'm obviously very shallow. Luke first fell in love with the jaw harp but then realised he wanted more so made the obvious transition to the drums.

What has been the most prominent inspiration behind your music so far?

The most important aspect of a song for me is the melody, it has to be a catchy tune that sticks in your head. I try to make sure all songs have a catchy hook or chorus.

What kind of music did you love as a teenager?

The first music I got into was a lot of stuff around in the 90's such as Pulp, Blur, Oasis etc. and I also very quickly became enamoured with the blues. In particular the more electrified players such as Clapton, Hendrix and Stevie Ray Vaughan. The rest of the band were into cheesy Kerrang metal.

When you wake up in the morning, what kind of music do you like to listen to?

Eighties hair metal power tunes to get us pumped for our morning step aerobics.

How many of your songs have you written about people in your life?

We never write specifically about any particular person but take little elements from everywhere and maybe embellish things a bit here and there. We're evidently too English and emotionally dead to get too personal…

What has been the most memorable moment in your career so far?

We played in Newcastle a little while ago and thought we recognised the singer from one of the other bands. It turned out after some Googling that he was one of our childhood heroes, the kid from Devil Finger.

However, he was now an adult and all of his fingers seemed normal, which was a bit of a let down.

If you weren’t a musician, what other path do you think you might have taken?

When we’re not playing music we all enjoy sitting down with a nice cup of tea. So we’d either be unemployed or professional tea tasters. Which I’m sure is a real job.


Salsola's latest single 'Deconstruction' is available to stream and download now. Have a listen to it in the player below.